Suffolk County Veterans Advisory Board

Sr. Vice Commander Dave Rogers attended the Suffolk County Veterans Advisory Board where they discussed issues that effect veterans across Long Island.

Liver Fluke Update: Suffolk County Veterans Service Officer Tom Ronayne traveled to Washington DC to talk about expanding the testing for Liver Fluke. Since 14 out of 50 test came back positive the Veterans Services is asking for an additional 10,000 test to include areas that have a large population of Vietnam Veterans like Suffolk County, Florida and California.

The current problem is there is only one doctor that does the test, and it took over a year to get just the 50 tests done. Talked about trying to be rights to expand the test. They have also raised the price for each test as they hold the rights over them from 15.00 a test to 35.00 a test.

Another problem is Vietnam Veterans who have died of what is believed to be Liver Fluke related illnesses never had pathology done on their livers as a understanding of the effects.

Also don’t know if this is transferable to family members.

Suffolk County Veteran Services is also discussing with the VA if it would be wise to simply treat all Vietnam Veterans as testing would take so long and once the disease is active there is no cure.

VA Riverhead Clinic:

Suffolk County Veteran Services gave the VA Riverhead Clinic their space, allowing them to expand, this will include bringing addition services to the Riverhead Clinic including PT, OT. The Veteran Center in Babylon will also have an office in the Riverhead Clinic

Veterans Service Officers: There will be 3 new Service Officers as of March 26th with another 2 more eyed for the near future.

Sampsa Grant:

Suffolk County Veterans Services looks to build more programs that helps identify more of the veterans population and need in Suffolk County. Also looking for developing more alternatives to incarceration at precent level. Also identify veterans in jail and on way to jail. This is only for non-felonys.

Also looking for ways to help more veterans get enrolled in the VA, at current the VA only enrolls about 33% of current veterans.


Published by daves-studio

I truely believe that "Even ordinary life can be immortilized through art". I have always been awed by the mystery of how people are connected and for most of my life as an artist I have looked for new ways to express what was inside of me, what I was feeling and how I wanted people to view and understand what I wanted to say. This caused me to restrict my art to forms that others could understand. I was speaking to the masses, but I was not using my own voice. Over time I realized that it was not so important weather people truly understood what I was saying but rather that I was speaking so I started to look for the way to think out loud and be heard and have found that voice in papercutting. My work is a mixture of Eastern and Western Art that I started after a visit to China in 2004. while there I discovered the ancient and demanding art of Chinese paper cutting and line drawing. On my return from China I began to make connections between the craft of paper cutting and my years as a soldier. The results of this unusual connection have been beautiful two and three dimentional metaphors of the importance of time and the fragility of life and democracy. Paper cutting itself can be found in many cultures and just like in China those cultures for the most part have thought of it as a decorative or folk art, few artists have explored the idea of using this form of art in a more substantive way. It is part of what has attracted me to papercutting in the first place. While the beauty of paper cutting was appealing, more appealing was the idea of using this fragile material to represent serious and even realistic ideas. The process that I use for my paper structures is the same as found in traditional Chinese paper cutting. What is different is the paper, the way it is displayed and the topics talked about in the art. It is these differences in the works that make them stand out from other forms of paper cutting and structures. Instead of using traditional types of paper for papercutting I have made the cuttings out of aluminum or mirror paper. The paper was chosen for its reflective properties, not just for making the art brighter but for the ability of the viewer to see reflections of themselves in the art, showing a connection between the viewers and the subjects in the work. While most paper cutting are laid flat on the board these works are placed between two pieces of glass in the front of the frame allowing the light to cast shadows on the background, making these papercutting sculptures of art. The other aspect of this work that is different from traditional paper cutting is that each piece is individually designed and not mass produced. This is an important aspect of my work as it is about keeping the appeal of POP art while reducing the images to singular forms. My hope for the future is to continue to explore ways to bridge the techniques and styles of paper cutting and western ideals of art. Not just as a way for me to produce my art but as a way to communicate western ideas in Asia and Asian ideas in the West. For art is the only true international language that all people no matter where they come from can appreciate, and it is through art that we can learn about other cultures beyond mere words.

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